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People of the Long Barrows: Life, Death and Burial in the Earlier Neolithic
Human remains can answer all sorts of questions about our ancestors—what sort of diet they ate, what age they lived to, what sort of living conditions they experienced, and how they died. The Neolithic is the earliest period from which significant numbers of human burials survive in Britain. This book looks at the history of the study of such burials and how new scientific ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by The History Press
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I love a good research book, and this one doesn't disappoint. As with all archaeology, interpretations of the past are subjective, but the facts speak for themselves. Great research book for my latest manuscript. I recommend it for anyone with taste for archaeology and the British Neolithic pre-history.
We don't have much to go on in trying to reconnect with our ancient ancestors, but advances in technology mean that bones can now tell us a surprising amount. This is a scholarly treatment which some may find dry, but there is a mass of useful and interesting information. My favourites are the skull of the toothless old lady bent with age - she was clearly cared for by others long after she became frail through physical debility - and the face sculpted and cast in bronze which has been reconstru ...more
I went to school with Martin Smith, but as his name is not particularly unusual, it was some time before I realised he was the author of this book. He'd never met anyone who'd read it (except his students) so that was fun. Anyway so it's a book about skeletons mostly. :)